Deadline is reporting that the sitcom classic, Roseanne, is heading towards a revival. Set as an eight episode limited series, the original producers on the show are on board along with the core of the original cast. The show centered around the lower middle class Conner family as they fought to pay bills, fought with friends and family, and fought with each other as well. A number of shows have seen short term come backs, such as The X-Files, Will and Grace, and 24. John Goodman spoke about the possibility of the revival on the CBS show The Talk.
“Oh, hell yes … if we could get everyone together,” he told co-host Julie Chen. “The Big R [Barr] and I did a pilot about five years ago that didn’t go anywhere … but we were very happy to work together.”
Sara Gilbert also spoke on the possibility of a revival. While supportive, she also understands that a revival like this needs to be done for the right reasons.
“I would,” she said. “Your only fear is you don’t want to do a bad version, because you don’t want to damage what’s been done.”
Roseanne Barr herself spoke of where the characters on the show would be on her website in 2009.
"Roseanne and Jackie opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Lanford; Dan reappearing alive after faking his death; DJ being published; Mark dying in Iraq; David leaving Darlene for a woman half his age; Darlene coming out, meeting a woman and having a baby with her; Becky working at Walmart; Arnie befriending the governor of Illinois and remarrying Nancy; Bev selling a painting for $10,000; Jerry and the grandsons forming a boy band; and Bonnie being arrested for selling crack."
I wasn't much of a sitcom fan growing up. While some caught my fancy, most were too contrived for my tastes. Roseanne had its moments of brilliance during its run which caught my attention. The cast alone was worth the price of admission, introducing John Goodman to a mass audience. The show also gave writers like Joss Whedon and Norm McDonald a chance to sharpen their skills.
The big issue I have with these types of revivals is their purpose. Why do we need to see it? The show does have a legacy that could be tarnished if the revival is poorly done. The original show itself had petered off near the end of it's run so the thought of an eight episode revival doesn't fill me with enough hope to search this out if it reaches the airwaves.
So what do you think? Are you excited to hear about Roseanne getting a revival? Do you think these revivals do more harm than good for the legacy of a show? Are there any other television shows you want to see reach the airwaves again? Sound off in the comments section below.
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